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Living Research 2018: call for makers and academics

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This call is managed by the British Council.


The British Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Council are looking for three makers and three academics based in the UK to take part in this call. The aim of the programme is to uncover the local ecosystem of creative practitioners, academics, industrial design houses, makerspaces and technology hubs, and how the UK maker culture could meaningfully engage with them

The first call was launched in 2015 and research trips took place in Shenzhen and Shanghai. The previous programmes uncovered the need for further collaborative, immersive and hands-on research in this area of the Chinese creative economy.


For this new cycle the programme aims to expand the scope of the research and explore maker practices in cities with different development models and craft heritage by collaborating with local makers and academics to gain a deeper understanding of the maker sector in each city.

For further information about this call please visit the call page on the British Council's website.


  1. Applications are sought from makers and academics to investigate maker cultures in China during a two-week research trip in Chengdu and Xi’an.
  2. The Living Research programme was developed by the British Council and AHRC to explore the differences between making cultures in the UK and China.

Closing Dates

Closing Date: 26/02/2018

Call launched: 6 February 2018
Application deadline: 26 February 2018
Living Research 2018 trip to China: 1-5 April 2018
Report, paper publications and public facing events: Spring and Summer 2018

How to make an application

Apply online on the British Council's website.

Further Information

Applicants are particularly welcome from academics:

  • with an interest in one or several of the following subjects: design, craft, repair and making cultures, creative industries, grassroots organisations, collaborative practices and knowledge exchange hubs, open innovation, community development and enterprise
  • and makers/creative practitioners looking to develop their practice.


This funding competition is being managed by British Council, therefore please direct any queries to

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